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North-east minister takes part in marathon, sponsored by the Dalai Lama

Rev Sean Swindells is taking part in an InterFaith running event.
Rev Sean Swindells is taking part in an InterFaith running event.

A north-east minister is taking part in a multi-cultural marathon for peace this weekend, sponsored by the Dalai Lama.

Rev Sean Swindells said he hoped running the half marathon course in Luxembourg will help break down barriers and foster mutual respect.

The 58-year-old minister of the Parish of Cruden in Aberdeenshire, added he was relishing the challenge of combining his passion for running with faith and spirituality on the evening of  Saturday, June 1.

Now in its 11th year, the InterFaith Run for a United World event, which is also sponsored by the Archbishop of Luxembourg, offers the opportunity for people to meet and understand each other, which is the basis for respect, tolerance and peace.

The organisers say that people of the Baha’i faith, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and Sikhs are expected to take part in the event and will demonstrate with “body and soul that the way to peace is one we can only walk together”.

Mr Swindells, who is married to Rev Alison Swindells, who leads Barthol Chapel linked with Tarves Church, said: “I am a keen recreational runner who enjoys a challenge.

“I thought it be a good experience and opportunity to combine running with faith and spirituality. I hope it will deepen my appreciation and respect of other faith groups.

“In a world that is increasingly divided, it is so important that people of faith are seen to be taking the lead in breaking down barriers and fostering trust and understanding.”

Mr Swindells is a member of Garioch Road Runners and a leader with Jogscotland.

He said: “I have met some wonderful and inspiring people through my running.

“Runners are generally a very positive bunch who are very encouraging, even when it is cold and wet.

“The same is true of Church where I have met wonderful and inspiring people. So it is nice to be able to combine both.”

The Dalai Lama is a Buddhist Monk and the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.

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